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Trogg

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I was talking to the guy who does our MOTs a few days ago and he was telling me about the new stuff they are going to have to get when their current gear gives up the ghost.

The government want all the new testing equipment to connect to a central data base which will record all the details of your MOT so there can be no "mates passes" on the MOTs, no more "oh, that's failed mate but get it fixed when you can here's yer pass".

More money he's got to spend on yet more training courses, and with the advent of electric vehicles he's got to spend a fortune on having charging points in the garage (a new law is being brought in that ALL vehicle related places are going to have to provide charging points) then there's the new "safety" gear for testing electric vehicles, he's got to have rubber matting, little rubber boots, gloves, special eyewear and a "safety pole" which will be used to pull him away from the vehicle if all the other safty gear fails and he ends up being shocked!

He was saying at the moment the government are pushing for "EV" and talking about how much cheaper etc it is but just like the gas powered stuff, once they have enough of the vehicles on the road the free tax etc will go and the MOT tests will also become more stringent, he's already decided once they have got rid of the fossil fuel motors he's retiring because he just won't be able to afford all the training, specialist equipement and everything else that will be needed to continue as a tester.

As for the present MOTs, they are getting stricter all the time

 

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in the sixties, i worked in a garage doing brass brazing before MOT'S came out, putting on new sill's ect. and some of these old croc's are still going, my point is that the Gov made it illegal to use brazing on the underside of a car,saying it was losing strength through the heat needed to braze, the gov are always putting their oar in, only time will tell if electric cars are the future, i hope not as i couldn't afford the new fangle electric car,ye i'm a petrol head.
 

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It will end up, as it's going, them with money will be ok, the rest can take a run and jump. Not for getting small businesses and self employed who have Van's and trucks, proberly end a good few of them.
 

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For 40+ years I was used to the English MOT system of local approved MOT testing garages. I had never had a car here before leaving in 1969, and returned to N Ireland in 2011. Not realising that MOT's here are only available at central specialised Dept of Environment testing stations, I turned up for my first MOT at a local garage having seen their "MOT's" advertised. What they actually do is a pre MOT inspection/preparation: not the actual MOT!
The system here is certainly less convenient: my nearest test centre is 13 miles, and because of difficulties in booking a slot it's reguarly necessary to go to a further centre: for me, 30 miles. But overall their standards are very high, objective and fair, with every aspect covered and presented on a print out given to owner. I suspect Gt Britain will eventually move in the same direction.
 

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We have a control technique or CT test every 2 years. They made it tougher last year and took a lot of cars off the road.
They are performed at a specialist test centre and cost 60Euro a time.
 

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My pickup is booked in for its first mot on the 19th.
£45 at the main dealer but considering they serviced it and theres two years warranty left, it shouldnt cost me more :)
 

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I was talking to the guy who does our MOTs a few days ago and he was telling me about the new stuff they are going to have to get when their current gear gives up the ghost.

The government want all the new testing equipment to connect to a central data base which will record all the details of your MOT so there can be no "mates passes" on the MOTs, no more "oh, that's failed mate but get it fixed when you can here's yer pass".

More money he's got to spend on yet more training courses, and with the advent of electric vehicles he's got to spend a fortune on having charging points in the garage (a new law is being brought in that ALL vehicle related places are going to have to provide charging points) then there's the new "safety" gear for testing electric vehicles, he's got to have rubber matting, little rubber boots, gloves, special eyewear and a "safety pole" which will be used to pull him away from the vehicle if all the other safty gear fails and he ends up being shocked!

He was saying at the moment the government are pushing for "EV" and talking about how much cheaper etc it is but just like the gas powered stuff, once they have enough of the vehicles on the road the free tax etc will go and the MOT tests will also become more stringent, he's already decided once they have got rid of the fossil fuel motors he's retiring because he just won't be able to afford all the training, specialist equipement and everything else that will be needed to continue as a tester.

As for the present MOTs, they are getting stricter all the time

He only needs the kit if he accepts their business. It will be a long time before normal cars are extinct.
 

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Best to go to a dedicated test place, one that just tests vehicles & does no other work, that way you aren't told you need this that and the other as an excuse to get money from you.
 

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The place we use is as honest as you can get, to give you an idea what i mean when my espace failed on the emissions he took it's VIN number etc and entered it into the machine, when he did the emiisions test again it passed because they have to give leeway but most MOT places just use the bog standard government setting because they can't be bothered messing around!

The place is fantastic, they don't need to advertise because word of mouth is the best you can get, they never give quotes for any work that needs doing because they won't do it (unless you ask them to), and their knowledge of the older motors is amazing...all the local classic/antique car owners use them because of their knowledge and honesty.

RedHillPhil, our local fleet care (the council workshops) i wouldn't trust to mop the floor let alone MOT a motor!
 

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Got a garage I have used for years, never had a car or van failed there, if something needs doing he just tells me or puts it as an advisory. Easiest way would be to buy a 40 year old motor, no MOT or tax.
 

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Apart from using a Mercedes main dealer when it was under warranty I have used my local garage since the seventies. A decent local
garage is worth its weight in gold.
 

Trogg

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would you like me to PM you my registration numbers so you can check them...all taxed, MOT'd and Insured.
 

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I travel back to Darlington ( From Teesside ) to use a garage I trust.
If they tell me a part is borked its borked and they show me,
My wife and daughter will go and they get the same treatment.
 

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Im luck a good mate of mine is a mobile Mechanic Minor things he comes to the House or Job and does it there and Then owt else its to his House.
 
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